For more than a decade, visitors to the Ohio Historical Society’s Columbus museum have been greeted with a stark reminder of Ohio’s prehistoric past. It’s Conway, a ten-foot tall mastodon whose been stuck in a less than flattering pose. Now museum curators are moving the massive beast – which is a three-day project
Starting Saturday, March 20th, Ohioans will get a chance to vote for one of a group of historical nominees to be cast as a statute for Statuary Hall in the U-S capitol building. Among the nominees: Thomas Edison, the Wright Brothers, Harriet Beecher Stowe and Jesse Owens.
Worried parents of young children flocked to a Swine Flu Vaccine Clinic at the Historical Society today. But as soon as the doors opened at 2pm, the site was at capacity and officials starting turning others away.
Ohio has been home to three major outdoor historical dramas for more than a quarter century. This month, one of the three fell victim to the economy and other problems.
The Cedar Bog nature preserve just south of Urbana, in Champaign County, has one of the state’s greatest concentrations of rare and endangered species. A new education center will open at the bog later this month. But the center will cost more than a million dollars and it comes as the Ohio Historical Society is making cuts and laying off employees.
Big changes are on the way for the Ohio Historical Society. Budget deficits have left the Society unable to guarantee a continuation of operations past June. Executive director and CEO, Bill Laidlaw is asking state lawmakers for more money as the society restructures. But WOSU’s Lauren Schmoll reports nearly 20 historical sites may have to close.
Governor Strickland calls the more than $8 billion in federal stimulus money coming to Ohio “the right investment at the right time to jump start the stalled economy.” Strickland and other elected officials had high praise Wednesday for the federal stimulus package even as some individuals lined up to make a bid for some of the money.
The financially strapped Ohio Historical Society is hoping to bring in visitors and needed revenue with the largest and one of the most expensive exhibits it’s ever hosted. It’s called Rockwell’s America, and it’s not a typical show of artwork. It features all 322 covers that the American painter did for the Saturday Evening Post, and much more.
The Ohio Historical Society plans to close 14 historic sites and museums for one week next spring because of budget cuts and a revenue shortfall.
Officials with the Ohio Historical Society say the Great Circle Earthworks in Newark suffered the greatest tree damage of the society’s 75 sites statewide.